Gun Possession

Representing Rockland County clients facing gun crime charges

New York gun laws are strict. The penalties for gun crimes continue to get tougher and more complex. People who are charged with a gun crime are facing serious consequences. New York legislature passed gun laws that ban the sale and possession of certain guns and ammunition. The NY SAFE Act was passed on January 15, 2013. Considered to be the strictest gun control law in the country, the NY SAFE Act banned any “high capacity magazines,” mandated background checks for ammunition dealers and all gun sales, created an assault weapons registry, required mental health professionals to report a threat regarding weapons, broadened the definition of “assault weapons”, mandated that stolen guns get reported within 24 hours, mandated that all purchases of firearms go through a licensed dealer, and drastically changed the consequences of gun crimes. Accordingly, people may not understand the scope of the trouble they are in when they are arrested for a gun crime. If you need an experienced attorney to assess your case and guide you through your legal options, contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway.

Consequences of gun crimes

The NY SAFE Act has changed many of the gun laws that govern New York State. Many gun crimes have escalated consequences under the law. New York law does not require a permit to purchase or carry, possess a license, or register with any governing body to own or possess a long gun, including rifles and shotguns outside of New York City. New York does require a permit to purchase or carry, register with a governing body, and have a license to own or possess a handgun. Assault weapons are banned unless bought before the NY SAFE Act and registered. Magazine size is limited to 10 rounds. Open carry of handguns is prohibited. Generally, gun crime offenses are serious and come with overwhelming consequences.

  • Possession of an unlicensed firearm- According to New York law, an unlicensed firearm charge is a felony.
  • Possession of an assault weapon- New York law has banned assault weapons unless legally bought before the law was in place. Illegal possession of an assault weapon is a felony.
  • Possession of a large capacity ammunition magazine- New York law has banned high capacity magazines. Possession of one is a felony.
  • Sales of firearms- State law governing the sales of firearms has changed drastically. Even the laws that govern the private sales of guns has changed. Selling a firearm without a license is a felony.
  • Transporting firearms through the state- New York law enforcement does not recognize the federal Firearm Owners Protection Act and may detain or arrest non-residents transporting guns through the state, even if they are following federal law.

In addition to the many changes in the law, those who have a weapon in their presence during the commission of other crimes may be looking at more serious situations. For example, if you were charged with assault, you may face serious consequences. If you were charged with assault and you had a weapon in your possession, you could face an aggravated assault. It is important to discuss your matter with an attorney and get effective representation when subject to felony charges that can ruin your life.

Contact a Spring Valley attorney to defend your case

If you are charged with a gun crime, you need to consider your future. Gun crimes are serious offenses. Many are felonies with overwhelming prison terms. Contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway to review your case and effectively defend you from criminal charges. Our legal team will explore all legal defenses to alleviate the impact of your offense and conclude your matter in the best possible way. If you need our experienced and skilled legal services, contact the Law Office of Kevin T. Conway today.